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EU/International news 2011

Date Published: 06-12-2011

6 December 2011

18 November 2011

  • The European Commission has launched an EU Immigration Portal which provides up-to-date, practical information, on national and European immigration procedures and policies, to potential migrants to the EU.
  • Global Approach proposed by European Commission [COM(2011) 743, SEC(2011) 1353] to EU external migration and mobility policy, addresses challenges in four areas: organising and facilitating legal migration and mobility; preventing and reducing irregular migration and trafficking in human beings; promoting international protection and asylum; and maximising the development impact of migration and mobility.

15 November 2011 

2 November 2011

  • The European Commission adopted the 'Smart Borders' Communication (COM(2011) 680) which sets out the main options for using new technologies to simplify procedures for travel between the EU and third countries. It is part of the Commission’s “comprehensive approach” designed to strengthen the overall governance of the Schengen area.
  • The European Commission formally requested 6 Member States (Germany, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Sweden) to comply with the rules of the Blue Card Directive 2009/50/EC. The associated deadline for implementation expired on 19 June 2011. The EU Blue Card Directive puts in place common rules that allow highly skilled people from outside Europe to work and live in the EU. Ireland has not opted into this Directive.
  • Conclusions of Justice and Home Affairs Council, 27 -28 October 2011.
  • The European Commission is currently undertaking a survey among immigrant communities in order to learn how the Internet and use of mobile phones foster socioeconomic integration.
  • The European Parliament approved the draft report agreed in July 2011 to amend the Directive on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted (COM 2009/551).

24 October 2011

  • On the occasion of the 5th EU Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), the Heads of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies issued a joint statement undertaking to address trafficking in human beings in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.
  • The European Commission adopted a Decision (COM(2011) 7192 final) to further harmonise the issuing of short stay visas. Visa applicants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sri Lanka and Turkey should now present the same set of documents supporting their application for a short stay visa, irrespective of which EU State consulate is in charge of examining their application.
  • The European Visa Information System (VIS) became operational in North Africa on 11 October 2011.  VIS contains data on applications and decisions related to all short-stay visas to visit or to transit through the Schengen Area. The Visa Information System (VIS) allows Schengen States to exchange such visa data. Ireland does not participate in the VIS and does not have access to the information contained within.
  • The European Commission has issued a report COM(2011) 587 final on the application of Directive 2004/114/EC on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service. Ireland does not participate in this Directive.
  • The European Commission has released a report COM (2011) 585 final on the application of Directive 2003/109/EC concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents. Ireland does not participate in this Directive.

27 September 2011

  • Latest Eurostat release shows an increase of asylum applicants in EU-27 during the first
    quarter of 2011, mainly due to the sharp increase of applicants from Tunisia since February 2011.
  • The European Commission has put forward several proposals to consolidate and further strengthen the existing framework for dialogue and cooperation with its Eastern Partners, including work on thematic priorities and establishment of a migration information network between migration authorities COM(2011) 564.
  • The European Commission proposed to strengthen the EU's area without internal borders by enhancing the evaluation and monitoring of the application of the Schengen rules and by setting out a mechanism for the reintroduction of some internal border controls as a last resort. No decision was taken by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to Schengen.
  • The European Commission have released the first progress reports on the implementation by the Republic of Moldova and by Ukraine of their respective Action Plans on Visa Liberalisation
  • The European Commission recommends to open negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • Latest newsletter from PIDOP project provides update on processes which influence democratic ownership and participation in eight European states – Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

26 September 2011

5 September 2011

  • The latest Migration Policy Centre Newsletter (July 2011) includes information on recent events, projects and publications
  • The Migration Policy Group's recent Migration News Sheet includes an article on the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) being asked by Austria’s Supreme Administrative Court (VGH) to clarify further the rights of third-country nationals who are family members of EU citizens (not having exercised the right of free movement) in view of Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) which spells out the advantages of citizenship of the Union
  • PICUM's August 2011 Bulletin provides an update of what has been happening on the issue of undocumented migrants in Europe and the rest world

20 July 2011

30 June 2011

24 June 2011

  • The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament have reached political agreement on the draft amending regulation concerning the European Agency for the management of operational cooperation at the external borders of the EU (Frontex).
  • On 19 June, the official inauguration of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) took place in Valetta, Malta. The EASO was established with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters, and helping Member States fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need.
  • A new Eurostat study on 'Indicators of Immigrant Integration' has been published.  The aim of this pilot study on common indicators of immigrant integration is to identify to what extent existing harmonized survey data sources can provide adequate data on migrant populations and to identify where the indicators cannot reliably be produced due to limitations in the data sources.
  • FRA launched its Annual Report 2010,  “Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2010” which charts the progress made in 2010 by the EU and its Member States towards securing the rights guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights through developments in legislation, policies and practices.
  • ILO adopts Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Convention, and accompanying Recommendation, aim to protect and improve the working and living conditions of domestic workers worldwide - estimated to number anywhere between 53 million and 100 million.

16 June 2011

2 June 2011

1 June 2011

27 May 2011

24 May 2011

European Commission decisions on migration and visa policy

The European Commission is proposing a package of measures aimed at a better management of migration flows from the Southern Mediterranean region as well as amendments to the Visa Regulation.

The measures include:

For more information:

See European Commission Press Release (24 May 2011)
View European Commission staff working paper accompanying Annual report on Immigration and Asylum COM(2011)291
See European Commission DG Home Affairs news

17 May 2011

  • The Europe Union’s population is decreasing but recent UN Population projections predict that the world's population will surpass 7 billion at the end of October and level out at 10.1 billion by 2100.
  • HUMA Network report entitled Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants and Asylum Seekers presents the results of multi-disciplinary research into access to healthcare for asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Cyprus, Malta, Poland and Romania.

9 May 2011

4 May 2011

1 May 2011

13 April 2011

1 April 2011

23 March 2011

14 March 2011

10 March 2011

1 March 2011

  • European Commission adopt a communication COM(2011) 76 evaluating the implementation of the EU Readmission Agreements and assessing the ongoing readmission negotiations. Several recommendations are made for a renewed EU readmission policy including ideas from improving the safeguards of fundamental rights of returnees.
  • Frontex launch Operation 'Hermes' to assist Italian authorities manage the inflow of migrants from North Africa, particularly arrivals from Tunisia, on the island of Lampedusa.
  • The European Commission adopted a second report assessing the application of rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States. See COM(2011) 47.

3 February 2011

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24 January 2011

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